French Romance, Medieval Sweden and the Europeanisation of Culture
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228 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

Series: Studies in Old Norse Literature

Imprint: D.S.Brewer

French Romance, Medieval Sweden and the Europeanisation of Culture

by Sofia Loden

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The adaptation of French texts into medieval Swedish reveals the progress of a Europe-wide literary culture.
Translations of French romances into other vernaculars in the Middle Ages have sometimes been viewed as "less important" versions of prestigious sources, rather than in their place as part of a broader range of complex and wider European text traditions. This consideration of how French romance was translated, rewritten and interpreted in medieval Sweden focuses on the wider context. It examines four major texts which appear in both languages: Le Chevalier au lion and its Swedish translation Herr Ivan; Le Conte de Floire et Blancheflor and Flores och Blanzeflor; Valentin et Sansnom (the original French text has been lost, but the tale has survivedin the prose version Valentin et Orson) and the Swedish text Namnlös och Valentin; and Paris et Vienne and the fragmentary Swedish version Riddar Paris och jungfru Vienna. Each is analysed through the lens of different themes: female characters, children, animals and masculinity. The author argues that French romance made a major contribution to the Europeanisation of medieval culture, whilst also playing a key role in the formation of a national literature in Sweden.
Introduction
Europeanization and Medieval Sweden
The Maiden, the Lady and the Lion: Le Chevalier au lion
Children of Medieval Europe: Floire et Blancheflor
Animals, Beastliness and Language: Valentin et Orson
Masculinity and Venus: Paris et Vienne
Conclusion: Found in Translation

SOFIA LODÉN is a Pro Futura Scientia XII Fellow at Stockholm University and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala. In 2020 she was appointed member of the Young Academy of Sweden.

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Title Details

228 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

Series: Studies in Old Norse Literature

Imprint: D.S.Brewer